To celebrate National Pet Month, we will be posting photos of Library Staff Pets to our social media pages. We want to include your pets too, so be sure to send photos of your pets to [email protected] To start off, here is a sneak preview: Miss Jenni’s adorable puppy!
Looking for some good pet reads? Here are some pet-themed eBook suggestions…
Picture Books & Easy Readers
Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings
This picture book shares the tale of Arfy, a homeless mutt who lives in a box in an alley. Arfy writes to every person on Butternut Street about what a great pet he’d make. His letters to prospective owners share that he’s house broken! He has his own squeaky bone! He can learn to live with cats! But, no one wants him. Won’t anyone open their heart—and home—to a lonesome dog?
Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman
Reading goes to the dogs in this timeless Beginner Book edited by Dr. Seuss. From big dogs and little dogs to red, green, and blue dogs, dogs going up and dogs going fast . . . who knew dogs were so busy?
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
In this charming classic story, Harry runs away before bath time and plays outside until he changes into a black dog with white spots. Back home again, he must use all his wits and tricks to convince his family who he really is.
How to be a Cat by Nikki McClure
A kitten practices the basics of feline behavior over the course of a day. A single word of text per spread teaches readers “how to be a cat”-how to stretch, clean, pounce, feast. At times the kitten triumphantly succeeds, and at other times the kitten struggles.
Pete the Cat: A Pet for Pete! by James Dean
Pete the Cat can’t wait to get a new pet! He gets a goldfish he names Goldie. Pete paints a cool painting of Goldie and now everyone wants a piece of it! But Pete doesn’t have enough time to make one for everyone. Will Pete find a way to have fun painting Goldie and have time to finish his homework?
What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss
This previously never-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss about making up one’s mind is the literary equivalent of buried treasure! What happens when a brother and sister visit a pet store to pick a pet? Naturally, they can’t choose just one!
Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Dicamillo
One summer’s day, ten-year-old India Opal Buloni goes down to the local supermarket for some groceries – and comes home with a dog. But Winn-Dixie is no ordinary dog. It’s because of Winn-Dixie that Opal begins to make friends. And it’s because of Winn-Dixie that she finally dares to ask her father about her mother, who left when Opal was three. In fact, as Opal admits, just about everything that happens that summer is because of Winn-Dixie.
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
“Some Pig. Humble. Radiant.” These are the words in Charlotte’s Web, high up in Zuckerman’s barn. Charlotte’s spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur’s life when he was born the runt of his litter.
It’s Like This, Cat by Emily Cheney Neville and Emily Weiss
Dave Mitchell and his father disagree on almost everything-and every time their fighting sets off his mother’s asthma, Dave ends up storming out of the house. But when Dave meets a big, handsome tomcat, he decides to bring him home, no matter what his father has to say about it….
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter’s dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild.
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Rose Howard is obsessed with homonyms. She’s thrilled that her own name is a homonym, and she purposely gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose’s rules of homonyms, is very special. Not everyone understands Rose’s obsessions, her rules, and the other things that make her different – not her teachers, not other kids, and not her single father.
The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney
The first book in the series about everyone’s favorite classroom pet! You can learn a lot about life by observing another species. That’s what Humphrey was told when he was first brought to Room 26. And boy, is it true! In addition to having FUN-FUN-FUN in class, each weekend this amazing hamster gets to sleep over with a different student, like Lower-Your-Voice-A.J. and Speak-Up-Sayeh. Soon Humphrey learns to read, write, and even shoot rubber bands (only in self-defense, of course).
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Caring For Pets by Pam Scheunemann
This title is a terrific introduction to simple prefixes and suffixes for young readers. Easy-to-read sentences about caring for pets, alongside supporting photographs, show how prefixes and suffixes change the meaning of words.
Dog Breeds and How to Care For Them from Pets Unchained
Did you know that different dog breeds have different needs? Just because they’re all dogs doesn’t mean that they acclimatize or they respond to diet changes in the same way. This book will teach you how to care for different dog breeds in order to prepare you should you want to have one as a pet. Which dog breed do you like best?
Is a Bird a Good Pet For Me? by Caitie McAneney
Many birds can learn tricks and games, play, and even speak, making for a fascinating pet. A bird may seem like the perfect pet for a child, but what really goes into owning a bird? This book introduces readers to the responsibilities, costs, and challenges of taking care of a pet bird, from picking the perfect cage to engaging in enrichment activities.
My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen
Gary Paulsen has owned dozens of unforgettable and amazing dogs, and here are his favorites—one to a chapter. Among them are Snowball, the puppy he owned as a boy in the Philippines; Ike, his mysterious hunting companion; Electric Fred and his best friend, Pig; Dirk, the grim protector; and Josh, one of the remarkable border collies working on Paulsen’s ranch today.
National Geographic Readers: Cats vs Dogs
Chocolate or vanilla? Creamy peanut butter or crunchy? Cats or dogs? On some matters in life, every kid must take a stance. Ever since the first youngster in history had a pet, cats vs. dogs has been a hotly debated issue at recesses and lunch tables worldwide. Which one’s better? Smarter?
World’s Favorite Pets
When your child wants a pet, the first thing you need to do is to introduce the concept properly. You can use this educational book to teach your child that having pets come with the responsibility of caring for and feeding them. The many pictures and brief facts would also make it easier for your child to decide on which pet to have.